This Little Known Place Way Up North Is Perfection. And I Had No Idea It Even Existed Til Now.

Lapland, Finland, has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Plus, if Santa is real, then he definitely lives in this magical place. Even if you hate wintry wonderlands (and who does, really?) you still might want to put visiting there on your bucket list. Lapland is the largest and northernmost region of Finland. It’s so large, it’s the least densely populated area of the country. There would be nothing but you, the wilderness and maybe some friendly reindeer (which sounds great, don’t lie).

Lapland is so far north that it’s like a winter wonderland 6 months out of the year.

Riisitunturi National Park in southern Lapland is renowned for its crown snow trees.

No matter where you go, it looks like Christmas.

And we’re not entirely convinced that Santa Claus doesn’t live here.

Because of its geographic location, it’s also possible to see the Northern Lights from Lapland.

Visiting Lapland may require you to do some cross country skiing…

Play with some reindeer…

Or even sleep in an “igloo.”

(Which looks awesome, by the way.)

Lapland is the kind of place where you could really be at one with nature (as long as you packed enough warm clothes).

Yes, that tree looks like a candy cane.

Lapland would be great to visit, but living in that kind of weather year-round (especially when Finland gets less sunlight than we’re used to in the United States) would be rough. Unless you found Santa’s workshop, then it’d just be gravy.

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What You’re About To See Is 100% UN-PHOTOSHOPPED. And That’s Why I’m Still In Disbelief.

We live in truly a wild and wonderful place. There are many things about this world that you’ll learn that will totally take you by surprise. These 30 incredible and natural phenomena are just some of them. Most people will never witness all of these strange natural events, but you need to know they are real (and definitely not the result of Photoshop and digital editing). There is more to see on Earth than just what is in your backyard or hometown. This is some of the craziest stuff.

1.) Spider web “floods:” Near Wagga Wagga, Australia, these spiders fled violent floodwaters.

Their webs covered the land like snow.

2.) Namibia’s mysterious Fairy Circles: No one knows why exactly these happened, but many believe that termite activities are responsible for their creation.

3.) Murmurations: Large flocks of birds move together as one, almost creating a completely new, sentient being.

4.) Dirty thunderstorms/lightning: This happens when lightning occurs in a volcanic plume.

5.) Frozen (and flammable) ice bubbles: These methane bubbles formed beneath the surface of Alberta’s Lake Abraham.

6.) The Catumbo Lightning: This is a special event which occurs during 140 to 160 nights a year, only over mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela.

7.) Christmas Island’s red crab migration: This occurs annually. More than 40 million crabs migrate into the ocean to breed.

Most of the roads are closed during the migration.

8.) Monarch butterfly migration: Millions of monarch butterflies migrate from from the USA and Canada to Mexico.

They cover thousands of miles. Not 1 single butterfly can make the entire round trip.

9.) Circumhorizontal arcs: Also misleadingly known as fire rainbows, these rainbows occur when plate-shaped ice crystals form in high level cirrus clouds, refracting light.

10.) Underwater crop circles: These designs are created by male pufferfish during their mating dance, attempting to attract females.

11.) Spherical boulders in New Zealand: These boulders were freed from the mudstone that surrounded them over time via coastal erosion.

12.) The Door to Hell: This is a large gas fire in Turkmenistan that scientists accidentally lit in 1971… and is still burning.

13.) The Great Blue Hole: This is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It’s over 300m across and 124m deep.

14.) Undulatus asperatus: The Cloud Appreciation Society would like this to be officially known as a separate cloud formation. It would be the first new type of cloud recognized since 1951.

15.) The Sardine Run: This occurs May through July when billions of sardines move north along the east coast of South Africa.

Their numbers are overwhelming and the migration can cause quite the feeding frenzy.

16.) The Giant’s Causeway: This area of coast in Northern Ireland consist of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

17.) Sailing stones in Death Valley: This geological phenomenon is hard to explaine. Rocks move along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention.

Some people believe small “ice rafts” form below the stones and move them, but it isn’t a widely accepted theory.

18.) Tidal bores: You can find these on the Amazon in Brazil and the Severn in England. Tidal bores are when the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave of water that travels up a river against the flow.

19.) The Flowering Desert: When rainfall is unusually high in the Atacama Desert, Chile, the region will flower beautifully.

20.) Snow chimneys: On Mount Erebus, Antarctica, these chimneys form on top of the southernmost active volcano on Earth.

21.) Lenticular clouds: These lens-shaped clouds form over Mount Olympus, in the troposphere. Because of their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some UFO sightings.

22.) Mammatus clouds: This meteorological phenomenon occurs when “pouches” hang underneath the base of a cloud.

23.) Polar stratospheric clouds: These are also known as nacreous clouds (from nacre, or mother of pearl, due to their iridescence).

24.) Tanzania’s Lake Natron: This salt lake is fed by mineral-rich hot springs. It is the only regular breeding area in East Africa for the 2.5 million lesser flamingoes.

25.) The Spotted Lake: Canada is home to this saline endorheic alkali lake that ontains some of the highest quantities of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates in the world.

26.) Bioluminescent waves: Various species of phytoplankton are known to bioluminesce. When these phytoplankton hit the shore in the Maldives, they begin to glow.

27.) Red tide: This is when bioluminescent dinoflagellates and the right conditions mix to create a dark red glow in the water.

28.) Light pillars: This optical phenomenon is just a reflection of sunlight or moonlight by ice crystals that are present in the Earth’s atmosphere.

29.) Rainbow eucalyptus: When strips of outer bark are shed annually at different times on this eucalyptus trees, they turn different colors.

The “rainbow” effect is quite beautiful.

30.) Frost flowers: These ice crystals form ice in extremely cold, calm conditions when (around -7.6F).

31.) The Moskstraumen: This is a tidal whirlpool, one of the strongest in the world. It forms in the Norweigian Sea (this may not be an actual picture of the whirlpool, as they are rare to come by).

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These Tiny Creatures Prove That Not ALL Bugs Are Creepy. Some Make Me Go AWW.

When most people see a bug, their reaction is a combination of revulsion and aggression. However, not all bugs are gross enough to stomp. It’s true! There are some insects in the world whose cute factor make them surprisingly WAY less creepy than the rest of their unsettling insect amigos.

Check out all these teeny-tiny, fuzzy-wuzzy creatures.

1.) China Silkworm Moth

Used for their silk production as larvae, the grown up moths look so fluffy and cuddly.

2.) Baeus

These teeny tiny wasps sure are cute, and…also parasitic to spider eggs.

3.) Red Milkweed Beetle

The bright colors warn predators of their poisonous nature.

4.) Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

You may think it’s staring at you with those big doe eyes, but that is just its skin coloration!

5.) Jumping Spiders

The bouncy bugs have incredible vision thanks to their big beady eyes.

6.) Bumble Bee

There are 250 different kinds of bumble bee, but they’re all fuzzy little cuties.

7.) Eucalyptus Snout Beetle

These eucalyptus munchers caused havoc when they were accidentally introduced in California. Scientists had to control the population using a parasite. Eek.

8.) Puss Caterpillar

It may be the cutest of them all, but this fuzzy wuzzy packs a poisonous punch. The most poisonous in the United States.

9.) Japanese Emperor Caterpillar

They eventually morph into the less goofy and more regal looking Emperor Butterflies, the national butterfly of Japan.

10.) Cross-Eyed Planthopper

Definitely the derpiest bug in existence.

11.) Panda Ant

Not actually related to ants or pandas at all, this wingless wasp has a stinger so painful it’s said that it could knock out a cow.

12.) Spanish Moth

These moths look more like disco divas with their poofy “hair” style and heart-shaped spots.

13.) Feather-Horned Beetle

Peter Gallagher, is that you??

14.) Monkey Hoppers

Unlike ordinary grasshoppers, these come in all the colors of a bag of Skittles.

15.) Chinese Bush Brown Butterfly Larvae

Also known as the “Hello Kitty” caterpillar, for obvious reasons.

16.) Eucharitid Wasp

These punk-rock parasites feast on baby ants in their larvae state. Hardcore.

17.) Damselfly

Like dragonflies, these dames hang out by the water but don’t have the greatest flying ability.

(via Distractify)

Kind of makes me want to pull a Honey I Blew Up The Kid scenario and make some of them my pets.

However, because nature can be insane, most of the brightly-colored bugs in the world are actually highly poisonous. If you see one of these cute bugs in the wild, look, but don’t touch!

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Stop Buying Into the Superfood Hype. The Stuff You’re Eating Isn’t THAT Great.

A new “study” comes out of the blue every week, spouting the health benefits of the world’s newest superfood. We then see continuous news coverage for months on why this expensive, rare food is the cure to our ailments and how we won’t imagine life now without it.

What if we told you that what these so-called “experts” deemed a “superfood” is really a super fraud? It’s true. Except the story doesn’t end there. There are actual superfoods in the world if you know where to look! The people at Evoke.ie have put together some superfood facts that may surprise you…

Too long for you to read? No worries. These are the kitchen table factoids you need to throw in the face of that know-it-all Crossfit buddy of yours the next time they won’t shut up:

1. Quinoa contains a bunch of gut-irritating material that’s far from great for your digestion and, in fact, can be pretty disgusting.

2. Few studies have actually tested/proven that Acai Berries have any weight loss benefits.

3. Wheatgrass contains virtually no nutrients, and could never be called “healthy” for a person.

4. The world’s closest “superfood” is actually watercress. Not kale.

5. Bee pollen is actually one of the healthiest things you can eat.

(via Evoke.ie)

Now I need to make my emergency run to Whole Foods before they close. After all, where else am I going to get my daily dose of sacha inci seed?

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I Knew They Were Different But These 10 Photos Are Truly Shocking. And Eye-Opening.

With North Korea being ruled by a ruthless dictator and South Korea enjoying a democracy, the nations appear to be worlds apart–even though they call the same peninsula home. In his “Korea-Korea” project, German photographer Dieter Leistner used pictures he took in both North Korea and South Korea to illustrate how different the two countries are. Take a look at the stark contrast between the neighboring countries.

1.) City Street, South Korea

2.) City Street, North Korea

3.) Bus Stop, South Korea

4.) Bus Stop, North Korea

5.) Woman Working, South Korea

6.) Woman Working, North Korea

7.) Mass Transit, South Korea

8.) Mass Transit, North Korea

9.) Suburbs, South Korea

10.) Suburbs, North Korea

(H/T Upworthy) Forget different countries, these photographs look like they were taken in different centuries. If you’re wondering why North Koreans don’t leave their outdated land behind, well, it’s a lot more complicated than that. To put it simply, there’s no way they’re seeing any pictures of the modernized country below them. Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un goes to great lengths to isolate the nation from the rest of the world. Share this photographic tale of two countries using the button below.

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I Didn’t Know Earth Could Do That. Here Are 30 Photos Of Nature At Its Finest.

Let’s face it, Earth rules. We’ve got all the ingredients for life, plus a great spot right near the sun (but not too close). What more could you ask of a planet? How about some of the best nature this side of the Milky Way? Yep we’ve got that too. Here are 30 photos showing mother nature here on Earth at her finest.

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If You Had These Tents, Camping Might Actually Be Fun. Just Maybe.

Camping can be fun, but it can also be the worst. It doesn’t matter how great something is, if it involves bugs, bears, and other things you wouldn’t want tearing into your skin, the potential for it to become a disaster is high.

With these tents, that potential is still there, but at least you’re putting your comfort in danger in style. Some of these are more elaborate than others, but they’re all extremely cool. If you don’t want to go camping in these, you’re crazy (or have access to a bed that’s surrounded by four walls and covered by a roof). Check them out!

1.) Opera House Camper Tent

This camper tent pops open to look like the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

2.) Treepee

A teepee you can hang from a tree. It’s everything you want from a tree house without any of the having to build it.

3.) Nyamuk Tent

All the protection of a tent meets all of the laid-back chillness of a hammock.

4.) Two-Second Tent

Maybe sleeping in a tent wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t take so long to set up. Eh, nope, still bad.

5.) Kayak Tent

It’s no arc, but it’ll do in a flood.

6.) Solar Tent

This tent absorbs sunlight during the daytime so it can illuminate the nighttime. Never get lost on your way back from peeing in the bushes again.

7.) Transparent Bubble Tent

As easy as the assembly may be, it’s even easier to be seen in your underpants.

8.) Indoor Tent

Who needs the outdoors anyway?

9.) Tetra Shed

Sturdier than most tents, but a little bit more difficult to move around, the Tetra Shed is a good option if you’re really looking for protection from the elements.

10.) Watermelon Tent

Sweet! Camping has never been this refreshing.

11.) JakPak

A tent that you can wear as a jacket. Finally, camping is fashionable again!

12.) Raindrop Tent

Find out what it’s like to sleep in a raindrop or, more accurately, a meringue cookie.

13.) Car Tent

With this tent, all you need to find is a parking space and you have a place to sleep in any city. Good luck.

14.) Lace Tent

While this looks beautiful, you’d better hope it doesn’t rain while you’re in there.

15.) Action Tent

Camping can be a lonely experience, but other campers and bears don’t have to know that.

(via Oddee, BuzzFeed)

Whether or not you enjoy camping, there’s one thing we can all agree on: it sure is in-tents.

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Experience A Complete Panorama Of The Sky, All From Inside A Plane.

If flying makes you nervous, you might want to avoid booking a ticket on this brand-new plane concept. The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), based in the U.K., has developed a concept to replace the traditional, porthole-like windows on plane fuselages with flexible HD panels that can display panoramas of the sky as the plane flies. 

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The views would be fed via externally mounted cameras on the plane, allowing passengers to experience in real time the open sky around them. It images will be projected in 150dpi color on OLED screens, which would feature a protective layer for durability. Besides being beautiful and breathtaking (or terrifying, if you have a thing about heights), CPI also notes that the differences in light may help travelers adjust better to time zone changes and reduce the feeling of jet lag.

The panorama would reflect the sky during the flight, so night flights would be dark, and the lighting in the cabin would respond to the light in the sky in real time, helping people adjust to time-zone changes. CPI The panorama would reflect the sky during the flight, so night flights would be dark, and the lighting in the cabin would respond to the light in the sky in real time, helping people adjust to time-zone changes.

In addition, the walls of the windowless planes could be thinner and lighter than current plane walls, while also being stronger. A weight decrease would mean less fuel would be needed, cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions, and thinner walls would mean a little more room in the cabin. This is all still in its conceptual phase, but should it become reality, it could mean a new era in air travel. 

The seat backs could be used for personalized entertainment, or they could blend into the surrounding panorama. CPI The seat backs could be used for personalized entertainment, or they could blend into the surrounding panorama. Passengers could also use the display screens for information and to contact the flight crew. CPI Passengers could also use the display screens for information and to contact the flight crew.

Not only will the OLED panels be integrated into the walls, but into the backs of seats we well, so passengers can take in the view if they choose, or they can select their own entertainment. In addition, touch screens could provide passengers with information and in-flight services.

Panorama and cloud enthusiasts, as well as those without fear of heights or flying might leap at the chance to get a little closer to actual flying. Those who are a little more apprehensive around planes? Maybe not so much. While it might be a good way to get people excited about flying, they might have to factor in a separate, enclosed area for those who would rather not see the planet from 30,000 feet. 

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These Commonly Held Beliefs Are Just Straight Up Wrong.

We know a lot about the world nowadays. But how many things have we been told that we don’t question? (Answer: Lots.)

Luckily for us, some people questioned some of the world’s most commonly held beliefs. The found out these facts were simply and categorically wrong. There is either no evidence to support them or they have been proven false. So, the next time someone tells you these things, tell them they are wrong and to read a book.

1.) Columbus never reached any of the areas now known as The United States of America. He mainly visited the Caribbean Islands, which are their own independent countries.

2.) Waking a sleepwalker will not cause them any harm. They may wake up confused, but it actually is more dangerous to leave them sleepwalking, where they can trip and fall over something.

3.) Houseflies actually have a lifespan of 20-30 days and not 24 hours.

4.) George Washington did not have wooden teeth. His dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth), and probably human teeth from slaves.

5.) Goldfish have memories much longer than a few seconds, some have memories that last months.

6.) Bats are not blind. While majority of bats use echolocation to navigate themselves, they all have eyes and have sight.

7.) Eating less than an hour before swimming does not increase the risk of experiencing muscle cramps or drowning.

8.) The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence did not occur on July 4, 1776. The final language of the document was approved by the Second Continental Congress on that date and it was printed and distributed on July 4 and 5, but the actual signing occurred on August 2, 1776.

9.) Medieval Europeans did not believe Earth was flat; in fact, from the time of the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle on, belief in a spherical Earth remained almost universal among European intellectuals. As a result, Christopher Columbus’s efforts to obtain support for his voyages were hampered not by belief in a flat Earth but by correct worries that the East Indies were farther than he realized.

10.) Eggs can actually be balanced on any day of the year, not just the equinoxes.

11.) The Great Wall of China is actually very hard to see from space. Shuttle astronaut Jay Apt has been quoted as saying that “the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180 miles up.

12.) Fortune cookies actually were invented in and came to the U.S. from Japan, not China.

13.) There is no evidence that vikings wore horns on their helmets.

14.) Women accused of being witches in the Salem Witch Trials were never burned at the stake. They either received life in prison or were hanged.

15.) The architectural feature called a vomitorium was the entranceway through which crowds entered and exited a stadium, not a special room used for purging food during meals.

16.) When Orson Welles read The War Of The Worlds over the radio, there was no widespread panic. Relatively few people were even listening to the broadcast. Newspapers reported that it cause panic to discredit radio as advertising competition.

 Make sure you know all of these the next time you find yourself in an argument with a cocky smarty pants. You’ll then take the smarty pants crown from them.

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Humans See a Million Colors, But This Artist Can See (and Uses) 100 Million.

Concetta Antico is an Australian artist with a rare condition known as Tetrachromatism. Most humans have three visual receptors known as cones. These cones allow us to see color in the world around us. Those with Tetrachromatism have a fourth cone that allows them to see up to 100 times more color.

Most people can see about 1 million colors, but Concetta Antico and people like her with Tetrachromatism can see almost 100 million different colors. This unique condition makes Antico’s art all the more extraordinary as she finds different colors in places where most people would assume there are just one.

Meet Concetta Antico. She’s an accomplished Australian artist, but what makes her art unique is a condition she has known as Tetrachromatism.

Tetrachromatism is a condition where the eyes have an extra color receptor.

This means that Antico is able to perceive more colors than the average person.

By her best estimate, Antico says she can see nearly 100 million colors, whereas most humans can only perceive around 1 million.

Her Tetrachromatism gives her work an amazing depth and vibrance.

Antico sees the world in a completely different way than most people. Whereas we might just see green, she sees all the subtleties of color within that green.

Antico also actively collaborates with scientists researching Tetrachromatism to help them gain a better understanding about the condition.

“My world speaks to me very strongly and then I can’t wait to paint it,” said Concetta. “I’ve been told that you see gray, mostly, in a shadow. Well, shadows are fabulous. I see emerald greens, I see magentas, I see lilacs, I see blues.”

I love it when science meets art in such a beautiful way. You can check out more art from Antico on her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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